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“Haiti's instability should be high on the agenda at the Summit of the Americas,” urges US Senator Marco Rubio 

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing for Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday May. 5, 2020. Panel Considers Ratcliffe Appointment as Director of National Intelligence. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, pool)

Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio calls on the Biden administration to make the ongoing crisis in Haiti, which is fueling a wave of migration across the region and at sea, a priority at the upcoming Summit of the Americas on June 6 in Los Angeles. 

“The instability in Haiti has an impact on several countries,” said Marco Rubio, during a hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere Thursday about the upcoming summit. “Even Cuba is now intercepting Haitian migrants. ", he added.
Haiti's Prime Minister, Dr. Ariel Henry, is among many hemispheric leaders who have been invited to the June 6 summit, which is being hosted by the United States for the first time since its inaugural launch in Miami in 1994. .  

The issue of migration is among the focal points of the discussions, as thousands of Haitians, Cubans, Venezuelans and Central Americans continue to transit through Central America to cross the United States border with Mexico, reports the American newspaper Miami Herald. 

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At the same time, there was a surge in crossings of Haitian and Cuban migrants at sea, while nearly 800 Haitians also made their way to U.S. territory from Puerto Rico through the dangerous Mona Passage that separates island and Hispaniola. In the United States, the Coast Guard has already arrested more than 5,000 Haitians at sea since October. On Wednesday, a Haitian freighter bound for the Florida Keys with 800 Haitians on board ran aground in the Cuban seas after beginning to take on water. 

“It is really important that the instability of Haiti is a subject on which to focus, because I think that there are countries in the region which have a direct interest, starting with the Dominican Republic which obviously shares Hispaniola with them, but others who have a vested interest in contributing to some level of government stability there and security, so that that can then be built on to provide a better future,” Senator Rubio said adding that he just hope that the subject of instability in Haiti will appear as a priority on the agenda at the Summit of the Americas, next June 6 in Los Angeles.

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